To get a full and complete Asian make up arsenal, here are some basic items one needs to purchase:
- To give a flawless skin – foundation, concealer and/or powder
- A full set of good quality makeup brushes.
- Lip balm
- Eyelash curler
- Eye shadows
However, you don’t need to have each item with you. Sometimes, it’s as simple as just adding eyeliner or applying a heavier eye shadow to get a different night time look.
It is an essential to work with colors that match your skin, most importantly for your foundation, concealer and powder. The most common theme with Asian skin tones is that it is more yellow-based than pink-based. As such, it is a good idea to avoid colors that have bluish undertones.
As for the eyeshadow colors, purples can make Asian brown eyes pop while browns create subtle definition and daytime smoky looks. Smoky grays and blacks, metallic shades of gold, coppers, bronze and champagne look great too.
As for the blush and lipstick colors, they should be close to your natural color.
Apply shadow in a different way than Caucasians do to create defined eyes. A traditional shadow palette, normally you are given 3 colors to play with. Apply the lightest shade under the arch of your brow and the inside corner of your eye clearly. Then, sweep back and forth the medium shade across the rest of the lid. Take the darkest shade and smudge it from your lash line and up to the middle of your lid, creating a shadow gradient.
Line using an eyeliner the top of your lid for definition. Not under the eye as this can only make your eyes look smaller. Finish off with a mascara. But remember to curl your lashes first.